When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.Acts 4:13 NIV
In this passage, Peter and John were on trial for proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. And they boldly stood before the religious leaders of Israel and announced that Jesus, whom they had had crucified, was the only way to salvation. Looking back on this today we may not be to surprised at their boldness; after all, they were apostles. But their judges were quite surprised. Peter and John were just a couple of Galilean fishermen, ordinary and unschooled. How were they able to boldly speak the way they did? They had been with Jesus; there was no other way to account for the difference.
And that raises a question for me. Is the time I spend with Jesus obvious to those around me? Is it changing my life is visible ways? I certainly hope that my life is significantly different than it would have been had I not come to know and follow him. But I believe it goes beyond just a changed lifestyle. Is Jesus daily revealed in what I say and do? When people listen to me talk, is Jesus presence in my life obvious?
WARNING: Too much time spent with Jesus can have serious consequences. Moderation is advised if you want to be able to fit in with the rest of the world.